|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Living room with fire place, dining table and 6 chairs, easy chair, Internet Wi-Fi access, wood-burning stove, access to balcony with panoramic views over the national park.
Kitchen area with gas hob & oven, sink, microwave, toaster, fridge/freezer, iron & ironing board.
Bathroom with terracotta tiles, with large level-entry shower, basin, bidet and WC.
Bedroom with large double bed, decorated furniture, armchair.
Sunny sittingroom with sofa/divan (sleeps 2), decorated furniture and tapestry wall hanging, panoramic views.
Single bedroom with built-in cupboard and shelves, writing desk and chair.
Washing machine available in separate laundry room.
Private south facing balcony with table and chairs for al fresco meals and lovely views over wooded valley.
Access to pool with spectacular views and BBQ.
CASA ROSA is a traditional stone farmhouse set high in the green hills of Umbria, central Italy, some 10 km (6 miles) north-east of Assisi. The house is divided into holiday apartments - one large apartment occupying the whole of the first floor, and two smaller apartments sharing the ground floor and a fourth apartment in a separate cottage. Casa Rosa is surrounded by woods and farmland, all apartments have beautiful views over the National Park of Mount Subasio.
The accommodation is completely self-contained, with its own kitchen and bathroom and balcony or terrace. All is simply but comfortably furnished, beautifully decorated, and have full central heating. Casa Rosa can accommodate from 2 to 5 people. Casa Rosa's position, over 450 m. (1500 ft) in the hills, means that in summer it is generally cooler than most of the rest of Italy.*
The Farm: THE FARM stands in a regional park, on a spur above a small river, with breathtaking views over the Tescio valley and across the hills to Mount Subasio. The owner, an English painter, lives on the premises. The immediate area is one of great natural beauty. The hills are covered by forest, mostly oak, and by small farms with their olive groves, pastures and fields of wheat, barley and oats. Far from any main road, it is a very quiet and peaceful place. For most of the day the only sound is the singing of birds and crickets and the river in the valley below.
The hills and forest hide martens, porcupine and wild boar, all of which have been seen on the farm. The wealth of bird life includes buzzards, goldfinches and hoopoes.
In spring the the meadows, fields and verges abound in wild flowers, among them poppies, cyclamen, wild gladioli, and many types of orchid. From May to July fireflies dance in the night, and through the summer the Farm is home to thirty varieties of butterflies.
Hiking in Umbria: A Casket of Nature, Traditions, and Legends.
From Casa Rosa it is possible to hike a numerous amount of trails in the Umbrian region, a mountain chain rising in the heart of Italy and reaching Mt. Vettore (2,476m). A territory where the magic of local nature, history, and culture have contributed in defining a unique and unrepeatable reality. Here, in the kingdom of the mythic Sibilla, the Parco Nazionale Monti Sibillini was established in 1993 (with over 70,000 ha), with the aim to safeguard the environment, promote a social and economic sustainable development, and favour the creation of a 'Park suitable to everyone'. The wolf, the golden eagle, the peregrine, and a number of endemic species are the most evident elements of a biological richness which, along with the charm of the abbeys and of the Medieval historical centers lying in a crown at the foot of the mountains, have shaped an old and suggestive world where time has stopped to honour a reality of extraordinary beauty
Reaching Casa Rosa: FLYING -
Perugia ( half hour by car) is served by Ryanair (ryanair.com). Depending on season and day of the week, flights can cost as little as £20 return. The airport is small, bustle-free and well connected to the motorway towards Assisi. Ryanair also flies to Pescara, Ancona and Pisa which is not much further away, and sometimes flight times are more convenient than those to Perugia. Flight/car hire packages can be arranged through the airline.
Easyjet (easyjet.com) offers affordable flights to Bologna (north of Florence, 2 - 2.5 hrs drive from Assisi) and Rome (also 2 - 2.5 hrs drive from Assisi).
Car hire is available at the airport: Avis (Perugia Airport office) tel. 0039/075/6929796 or 6929346) Hertz (Perugia - collection at airport can be arranged) tel. 0039/075/5002439
Our 7th stay at Casa Rosa and each time it feels like a home from home – perhaps a spiritual home. We’ve had some new adventures and experiences, but always look forward to the peace and beauty of these surroundings. The trees were still green when we arrived three weeks ago, but soon were clothed in magnificent Autumn colours – a vibrant mix of yellows, orange, brown and red. We enjoyed a trip to Lucca with an over-night stay and became entranced by that place. A trip to Deruta and a ceramic painting session at the Grazia showroom and factory – we were very pleased with th results of our work – thanks to Ubaldo Grazia and Riccardo and Luana. Through this we discovered the delightful Santuario Madonna dei Bagni (just south of Deruta) and the amazing votive plaques around the interior.
The highlight of our stay has to be helping Jennifer (Gay) with the olive gathering. The weather was ideal, and all the guests joined in the great communal effort, and were rewarded by a feast prepared by Jennifer and Zoe – also we generously all received a gift of oil from the fresly pressed olives. It was good to meet up agian with Francis – good company and interesting discussions. Also to meet Zoe (Jennifer’s sister) and reminisce about a past common link in the UK. Delighted that Jennifer was here on this visit and to renew our acquintance and friendship.
The property was unreal! This was a fantastic find exceeding all of my expectations. The area and apartments are simply breathtaking. Ellie warmly greeted me and made me feel so at home. I hope to spend more holiday time at this remarkable property!
We spent an unforgettable week at Casa Rosa. After a busy couple of days in Rome a week at Casa Rosa was the perfect way to end our vacation. Up in the hills with incredible views and sweet smells of flowers. We spent our week visiting nearby Assisi (one of my favorites) and other medieval villages and enjoying the pool and grounds that surround Casa Rosa. As much beauty as this property holds it wouldn't be as perfect if it wasn't for the warmth and kindness of it's owner Gay and her daughter Ella always available to assist you in anyway. God willing we hope to return one day.
Another lovely week in Umbria, our sixth visit every few years we get the urge to re-visit this beautiful and fascinating area and would not consider staying anywhere else but Casa Rosa. Thank you Gay for letting us borrow this wonderful spot for an all too breif time.
My husband and I booked this last minute and had a fantastic time. The apartment was beautiful, as were the surroundings. We had everything we needed and enjoyed the local walks, Assisi and just spending an inordinate amount of time lazing around the villa and at the pool. Very relaxing. Many thanks to the host for your help and hospitality.
Casa Rosa is een heerlijk plekje, midden in de natuur, maar niet ver van het prachtige Assisi. We hebben in 2 appartementen gezeten (Giotto en Piero) en beiden zijn smaakvol ingericht. Het uitzicht vanaf het balkon (Giotto) en terras (Piero) is prachtig. Het zwembad is heerlijk en de gastvrouw en gastheer zijn bijzonder vriendelijk. Echt een aanrader!
ASSISI, the nearest town, is the home of St. Francis and his female counterpart, St. Clare. For seven centuries Assisi has been a focus for pilgrimage, and the area is rich in traditions associated with the saints. The town itself has been carefully preserved, its steep medieval streets winding between churches and houses of rose-coloured stone.
Within a 60 km (40 mile) radius of Casa Rosa are the ancient hill towns of Gubbio, Spello, Cortona, Spoleto, Orvieto and Todi, each with its medieval centre. Perugia, the region's capital, is 25 km. (15 miles) away, a stylish university city with striking medieval architecture, important Etruscan remains and major works of art.
To the West, Lake Trasimeno offers swimming and water sports for most of the year. To the South and East lies Umbria's wildest scenery - the forests and gorges of the Valnerina, the mountain peaks and remote alpine pastures of the Monti Sibillini.
Other Activities: Hiking, Bird watching, Pilgrim destination, Historical cities